||Dealing with Division
||Nehemiah 4. Our world is divided—by politics, by race, by social status. How does the gospel help us overcome social division?
||What’s Really Broken?
||Nehemiah 1:1-2:8. Nehemiah’s prayer reflects a love for his city. How does the gospel provoke a love for our city?
||Completing and Finishing Ministry Well
||2 Timothy 4:1-8—Is it better to live a happy life or a meaningful one?
||Character in Doing Ministry
||2 Timothy 2—What is the value of character today?
||Elijah: When Success Doesn’t Satisfy
||1 Kings 18-19—Why doesn’t success bring the happiness it promises?
||Jonah: “Runaway Prophet”
||[Partly a children’s sermon]—How does Jonah’s calling mirror our own?
||Moses: My Will Be Done
||Numbers 20—What are the consequences of living life on our own terms?
||Source: Mercy and Rainwater
||Matthew 5:45—God’s goodness is everywhere—how do we experience it?
||Garden to Garden
||Helping us see the Bible as a story of a garden defiled and a garden restored.
||What are the types and functions of leadership within the Church?
||What is the meaning of baptism and communion?
||Is there value in being a student of the Bible?
||Message on the role and value of doctrine in today’s society.
||Raised to Life
||Easter message on the personal power of the resurrection.
||Sin evokes a sense of disgust. How does the cross make us clean?
||A New Outlook
||1 Peter 4:1-19—If this world is all there is, then we are discouraged by suffering and scandal. Christianity promises a better future, which changes our outlook on our present mission.
||A New People and a New Privilege
||1 Peter 2:11-3:7—What does it mean to submit in an “on-demand” world?
||A New Hope
||1 Peter 1:1-12—Christ’s followers exist as “elect exiles”—strangers to today’s culture, yet chosen by God for his eternal purpose.
||The Resolution Will Not Be Televised
||New Year’s sermon—How does the gospel move us from mere self-improvement to personal transformation?
||Does marriage have a purpose? God’s timeless purposes for marriage remain relevant to today’s timely questions.
||The Bible says that there is a design for sexuality that is beautiful and good.
||God designed men and women for equality, not uniformity. What does God’s word tell us about God’s design for gender?
||A Greater Plan
||Esther 2—God’s plan is bigger than the immediate stories we find ourselves in.
||Response to the Kingdom
||Matthew 21:33-46; 25:1-13—People respond to the gospel in different ways, but there can be no substitute for a lifetime of devotion.
||Keeping the Books
||Luke 16:1-13—The shrewd manager teaches us that eternal values take priority over temporary satisfaction.
||Life of the Party
||Luke 14:12-24—The gospel turns religion into a celebration rather than an exclusive club.
||Matthew 18:21-35—How do we respond when someone harms or offends us?
||Mark 4:1-20—Jesus revealed God’s truth in stories called “parables.” How is the human heart sensitized by story?
||The IDENTITY Principle
||Ecclesiastes 2—Our sense of entitlement stems from the demand to be admired. How does our new identity in Christ set us free to live generously?
||Jesus and our Father’s Discipline
||Hebrews 12:3-17—Can God use personal suffering to bring us closer to him?
||Jesus and the Eradication of Guilt
||Hebrews 9—We live in a culture where guilt and shame persist. But instead of demanding our blood, God offers his own.
||Jesus and the Basis for Growth
||Hebrews 5:11-6:20—How do we maintain faith in God despite our circumstances?
||Jesus: God’s Final Word
||Hebrews 1:1-2:18—God makes himself known through his Word—on the page and in the flesh.
||“Personal Holiness Will Come When I’m Older”
||1 Pe 1:13-25—How does the gospel transform our desire for happiness into a commitment to holiness?
||Dealing with Guilt
||2 Samuel 11; Psalm 51—Our sins make us dirty; the cross makes us clean.
||2 Samuel 6-7—God establishes true worship through what Christ achieved.
||Faithfulness in Suffering
||1 Samuel 25—God faithfully provides for his people.
||The True Spiritual Giant
||1 Samuel 17—Our greatest adversary isn’t some earthly struggle, but the enslaving power of sin and death. How does Jesus defeat these giants?
||The PURPOSE of Scripture: What is the Bible Basically About?
||The whole Bible is one true story. What’s it about?
||The AUTHORITY of Scripture: Is the Bible Too Restrictive?
||Why should I base my life on the teachings of an ancient book?
||Earthly King: Why Follow Jesus?
||Psalm 72—Jesus is the true and better King. What does it mean to not merely love Jesus, but to serve him as Lord?
||Torah: How Do I Know God’s Will?
||Psalm 1, 19b—Does God have a plan for my life?
||Lament: What Do I Do With My Guilt?
||Psalm 51—How can our guilt and shame be dealt with.
||Why Worship Anything?
||Psalm 96—All of life is worship. What we worship, we become—whether for our benefit or for our ruin.
||Philippians 1—For Paul, the gospel was his truest purpose in life. What’s yours?
||Is the World Going to End?
||What do Isaiah’s prophecies reveal about God’s future?
||Why Go to Church?
||Haggai encouraged God’s people to remain faithful to God’s temple. How do God’s people today remain faithful to the Church?
||Why Do We Suffer?
||Does God allow bad things to happen to good people? The prophecies of Zephaniah and Lamentations reveal God’s eternal purposes in temporary suffering.
||Whose Voice Do We Listen To?
||Micah and Jeremiah encourage God’s people to focus on the voice of God.
||The True Bread
||John 6—Do you see God as beautiful or merely useful?
||The True Temple
||John 2-3—God calls some to repent of self-indulgence, others he calls away from self-righteousness.
||Theologically Sound Believers
||Psalm 1—How is God’s character the source of human flourishing?
||Praying in Post-Christian America
||Acts 27:1-44—Paul is shipwrecked at Malta. Our response to suffering serves as testimony to an unbelieving world.
||Praying for Mission
||Acts 13:1-3, 42-52—Early Christians prayed for the success of the first missionaries. So too do Christ’s followers today pray for the spread of the gospel.
||Praying for Church Leadership
||Acts 6:1-7—The earliest Christians had to establish multiple layers of church leadership. What is God’s timeless plan for leading his Church?
||My Hope: The Gospel-Centered Life
||What does it mean to follow Jesus?
||I Feel Dirty
||The doctrine of “expiation” promises that we can be purified from sexual sin.